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Blue Jam

Blue Jam was an ambient comedy radio programme produced by Chris Morris. It aired on BBC Radio 1 in the early hours of the morning from 1997 to 1999.

The programme gained cult status due to its unique mix of surreal monologue, music, synthesised voices, heavily edited broadcasts and recurring sketches.

Chris Morris is known for skirting the limits of what acceptable for radio play. For example, in one sketch he redited the Archbishop of Canterbury's speech at Diana Spencer's funeral to make it appear he was making inappropriate comments. This episode was pulled from the air halfway through the broadcast. It is unknown who ordered this, either a nervous BBC employee receiving complaints (before the sketch had ended), or Chris Morris himself as as stunt to gain more notoriety?

The series was later made for television and broadcast on Channel 4 as Jam. It utilised unusual editing techniques to achieve an un-nerving ambience in keeping with the radio show, and largely repeated the radio sketches. A subsequent "re-mixed" airing, called Jaaam was even more extreme in its use of post-production gadgetry, often heavily distorting the footage.



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